Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2016


Thursday 18th August, 2pm
Incredible Edible West Kirby Meeting

At West Kirby Library
We plant herbs, fruit & veg in public spaces around town for everyone to enjoy. Come along to our monthly meeting to find out more and if you want to join in the fun! All welcome.
West Kirby Farmers' Market
Sat 27th August, 9 - 1pm
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West Kirby Farmers' Market
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food, including homebaked biscuits, traybakes, small cakes & flapjacks from the West Kirby kitchen of Funky Flapjacks. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Genuine local producers selling quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition Town West Kirby. www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

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September 1st, 7pm
Film Night and Discussion

Energy Group presentation at West Kirby Arts Centre www.westkirbyartscentre.org Free entry with bar, tea and coffee. No Parking on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road, if driving please use the Concourse car park.
Alastair McIntosh
Fri 9th Sept 7.30pm
Wirral Earth Fest Launch Event with Alastair McIntosh

Alastair McIntosh with a talk on the link between our care for the earth and our own inner lives, and the enduring meaning of St. Bridget in environmental activism.
Supported by local new-folk band The Kirk Owls and The Storyfest Tellers. Tickets are just 5 and can be picked up at St. Bridgets parish office. Information: 625 4109

Sat 10th Sept 11am - 5pm
Wirral Earth Fest 2016: Spirit of the Earth

St Bridget's Church, Centre and fields
This community festival includes music, stories and poetry, stalls, food, maypole dancing, craft demonstrations and Eric the Barn Owl. There will also be the opportunity to help paint a banner to celebrate the Festival theme, Spirit of the Earth. TTWK will be joined by Transition Liverpool and Planet Heswall this year. Entry is free, although we welcome donations to help us cover the costs. We're always looking for volunteers to help at the Festival - let us know ttwk.food@gmail.com if you would like to help out.

Sunday 18th Sept 1pm
Pure - The Business of Chocolate
Theatre on the Plot

A musical romp through the history and the future of chocolate from the talented, energetic & funny Mikron Touring Theatre Company.
Outdoor show at Gilroy Community Allotments - under cover in the case of bad weather. Bring chairs & blankets and a picnic. Tea & cake on sale. No tickets - a cash collection after the show. In conjunction with Gilroy Community Allotment Society. www.mikron.org.uk
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West Kirby Farmers' Market
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food, including homemade pasta, sauces and pesto from Hemingway's Pasta. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Genuine local producers selling quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition Town West Kirby. www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

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October 6th, 7pm
World Habitat day

Energy Group presentation at West Kirby Arts Centre www.westkirbyartscentre.org Free entry with bar, tea and coffee. No Parking on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road, if driving please use the Concourse car park.

Wednesday 19th Oct 6pm to 8pm
Homegrown Bananas

Join Transition Town West Kirby in The Tee Room, (on Banks Road, West Kirby)
Bring along a homegrown story, song or poem or simply come along and enjoy. We especially welcome children to articipate and anyone trying something new. Its free, and if you can afford a recommended donation of 3 a drink is included.

Sat 22nd October, 9 - 1pmtwitter logofacebook logo
West Kirby Farmers' Market
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food, including your favourite freshly-baked french breads - baguettes, croissants, pains au raisins and more, all made by hand and traditionally baked from The French Corner Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Genuine local producers selling quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition Town West Kirby. www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk
Lantern workshops
Wednesday and Thursday, 26th and 27th October from 10:30am - 2:30pm
Lantern making workshops for all ages

Join a Transition Town West Kirby workshop at West Kirby Library to make your own lantern for Travelling Light (see entry on November 11th), to celebrate peace and reconciliation, sharing and togetherness.

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Tues 1st November, 10:30am - 1.30pm
Lantern making workshops for all ages

At the Drop In Centre, United Reformed Church Hall, Meols Drive. All welcome.

Thurs November 3rd, 7pm
The design and build of the West Kirby Passive House

Energy Group presentation at West Kirby Arts Centre www.westkirbyartscentre.org Free entry with bar, tea and coffee. No Parking on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road, if driving please use the Concourse car park.

Tues 8th November, 10:30am - 1.30pm
Lantern making workshops for all ages

At the Drop In Centre, United Reformed Church Hall, Meols Drive. All welcome.

Friday November 11th from 5:30pm
Travelling Light

Transition Town West Kirby's annual Lantern Peace Parade combines Armistice Day with the German tradition of St Martins Day.
Starting in Coronation Gardens, carry your own lantern along the promenade to the beach to celebrate peace and reconciliation, sharing and togetherness. All welcome.

Monday 21st Nov 6pm to 8pm
Homegrown Bananas

Join Transition Town West Kirby in Nine Leaves Tea Lounge, nearby Hoylake Station
Bring along a homegrown story, song or poem or simply come along and enjoy. We especially welcome children to participate and anyone trying something new. Its free, and if you can afford a recommended donation of 3 a drink is included.

Incredible Edible Group


Incredible Edibles needs more volunteers: Although we are being asked to take on more planters, such as one in Banks Road, we don't have the manpower to do it well. Would you like to produce edible plants and vegetables in public spaces, giving as much or as little time as you like, and attend infrequent meetings with delightful fellow gardeners?
Do ring 07724 175779 or 625 9974 for more information if you would be interested, or come and see us on our stall at Earth Fest on Saturday, 10th September.

Community Orchard in Grange Park. IE and the Friends of Grange Park together hold regular maintenance sessions on the second Saturday of each month from 3-4pm and the fourth Friday of the month from 10-11pm We meet at the main cemetery entrance Alastair McIntoshon Black Horse Hill in fluorescent jackets. Planned dates are -
  • Friday, September 23rd, 10 - 11am
  • Saturday, October 8th, 3 - 4pm
  • Friday, October 28th, 10 - 11am
  • Saturday, November 12th, 3 - 4pm
  • Friday, November 25th, 10 - 11am
  • Saturday, December 10th, 3 - 4pm
  • Friday, December 23rd, 10 - 11am

For more on Grange Park maintenance, call 0151 625 9974.

Apple Avenue - no formal planting sessions at present, but the sculpture here by the Gilroy Road allotments is a gym for Pokemon, along with others around the town, attracting the youth. Sadly Apple Avenue is affected by vandalism; let us all help by reporting damage to the police or ringing the non-urgent number 101 when we see it.

Thank you to Lunts and Deli 1386 for accepting donated cuttings of herbs and passing them on to customers for free.

West Kirby Messenger


The next WK Messenger will be out very soon!

Information about Wirral Earth Fest - 10th September will be dominant with a front cover collage and middle pages pullout - made possible by Wirral West Constituency Fund and Awards for All.

Thank you to everybody who contributed to our 4 monthly booklet and to the many volunteer distributors!

If you happen to work in Wallasey near the Richprint office - Kelvin Rd CH44 7JW -
and are driving to West Kirby, we would like to hear from you! It would help us a lot if our three-some WKM focus group could delegate the 4x yearly task of getting approximately 25 boxes with 250 magazines each to West Kirby. Anybody else not working in Wallasey but happy to volunteer is VERY welcome of course! Please contact ttwk.food@gmail.com or ring 625 9974 for any offers of help.

Also if you want to use the WKM to advertise your skills or business, please let us know - we need some adverts to finance the printing costs.




Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk




August 2016 Round Up



We're building up to Wirral Earth Fest on 9th and 10th September. Some details below and more information in the next newsletter. Put the dates in your diaries. If the first three Earth Fests are anything to go by, this should be a great weekend of talks, performance, stalls, demonstrations and activities!

Last month we were part of Wirral Festival of Firsts. Once again, Mellow Yellow hosted Storyfest at West Kirby Arts Centre. Andy Johnson led a workshop introducing the basics of story construction and then the participants, Storyfest Tellers, from last year and this joined international storyteller Christine McMahon for an evening of stories and music on Tuesday, 19th July. Christine entertained with stories from a British folk tradition. Also part of FoF, the Wirral Arts Centre Summer Fair at West Kirby Library brought music and craft stalls to the Concourse Plaza and Library. TTWK had a stall showcasing the Farmers' Market. Homegrown Bananas had a stint in the performance tent. The day was blessed with glorious weather and a cheerful atmosphere.

Our community orchard, Apple Avenue, near Gilroy Allotments, features in a European funded project of Chester University "Break Down or Break Out", which seeks to help people (aged 40+) to move on from difficult life circumstances. Although the project has now been concluded, there is a website in development with information on a number of inspiring initiatives across Europe, including our very own Apple Avenue.


Regional Transition Activities



Nick Drew has had a follow-up meeting with Mike Thomas from Transition Network, exploring the idea of regional transition hubs and what we might do in the North West. There are some useful resources coming soon, including 'how to' guides and good practice from people who are already doing this, which should be published on a revamped Transition Network website over the coming months. Nick has also been working with Transition Liverpool on taking forward the outputs from the 8th June event when 9 local Transition groups from across the region got together, and that is being informed by Mike's work but is also helping him to understand what the practical needs are from our North West perspective. More on this as it develops.

Some dates for your diary:


  • Monday, 3rd October, Nick is putting on an environment day in Heswall, with events in the daytime and evening, around a theme of water. More details in next month's newsletter.

  • Saturday, 15th October, Transition Liverpool have their annual 'symposium' (see flyer).

  • Friday, 28th October, there will be a local 'taster session' about Carbon Conversations for people interested in the idea of training to be Carbon Conversations facilitators. www.carbonconversations.org Numbers are limited, so if you would like to take part in this, please contact planet.heswall@gmail.com.

If you'd like to chat about any of the above, find the Planet Heswall dome at Earth Fest.

Transition Chester created a Community Benefit Company, 'Chester Community Energy', last year and it's first project is to put a 49.5 kW Solar PV system on the roof of Northgate Arena in Chester. A share offer to raise funds has now closed but full details of the scheme can be found here: www.chestercommunityenergy.org.uk


Who are we?



...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

Read more about Transition Town groups


What are our plans?



People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.


Contact us - stay informed



Principal contact: info@transitiontownwestkirby.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to be added to our email mailing list (we will not to release email addresses to anyone else).

If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.


West Kirby Farmers' Market



A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk


TTWK national allotment report



Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.


Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide



In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Downloads



Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

Download leaflet, recipes, fact sheets

Our Constitution


West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.


To measure your carbon footprint visit our own helpful calculator: www.carbonindependent.org